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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-24-2000)
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Photo of ypsifly


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 11.2oz poured into a tulip. There's a cryptic lot code on the back. Where's the sediment?

Dark but clear amber supporting a fat white head that is foamy and clings to the glass creating abstract lumps in the sheets.

Has a strong bubblegum/clove yeast aroma. Sweet malts underneath with a little sugar and something citric even further in the background. The nose really reminds me of Aventinus weizenbock, and to me that's a good thing.

The taste starts out on the same path as the nose, but that's as far as it goes. Malt starts out but peters out rather fast followed by biting carbonation, a ghost of lemon zest. The yeast flavors are pleasant but not enough to bring this one back on course. The mouth, however, suffers from the carbonation. A bit harsh. If I were drinking in this style or even price range all night, I would order something else for the next round.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:07:45 | More by ypsifly
Photo of macpapi


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderately priced and Trappist, necessitated my buying this 750 ml for a try. Also the fact that it was a 'blond', a style that I have limited experience with, piqued my interest.

Koningshoeven pours an amber-blonde color with a small white head. Nice bubble action, and decent lacing. Smell is also pretty nice. A bit of a sour apple aroma--unique to say the least--accompanies a yeasty presence, typical of most Belgian styles. Not as deep, bold or complex as one would hope from this type of beer, though. Flavorwise, again it is nothing terribly special. Main tastes are yeast, and a somewhat pleasant--if weak--presence of apple. Not as full as one would hope for. In the mouth, it actually feels better than it tastes. There is a pretty sharp and tart apple-type acidy sting on the tongue. More bitter than others of the style that I've tried. Makes its presence known.

Is this beer drinkable? Yes. Highly enjoyable? Not so much. Flavor is lacking and somewhat disappointing. So many better beers of this or a similar style are out there. Not bad, but no where near great.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 22:48:14 | More by macpapi
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tried Koningshoeven quad and found is very good. But I must admit that I did not know it was a Trappist brew. Now that I know the question is do I like it more? Not really, it is nice to know, but not since I like the quad to begin with, I cannot say it is any better.

On with the review:
Apearence: Hazy golden with less head than I'd like, but again I'm attributing that to the storage method (see note).
Smell: Very strong malt smell with some vanillas.
Taste: Very fruity sweetness with bitter spiciness for good mesure. I sense almost a tanginess which is nice. Strong alcohol flavor for the ABV.
Mouthfeel: Full body with not much carbonation
Drinkability: This is a pleasure to drink.

Notes: I got this at Wegmans Liquor and they store select bottled beers in a special wine display which is sideways. It looks good and I'm impressed they would bother, but this is not optimial storage for many corked brews. For example, the cork broke as I was trying to remove it from the bottle. Not cool. I had to resort to a wine opener to finish the job. Another time I got St. Bernardus Abt 12 and once I took the cage off I the cork popped. Again, not cool.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 20:24:09 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 ounce out of a sampler pack.
Pours a cloudy, pale amber; looks reasonabely appealing; a little mysterious.
Lots of dry hops presence... alcohol and or phenol flavor comes across as way too strong for the style. Smells delicious and yeasty but doesn't taste yeasty at all. Too much bitter citrus/lime going on for my taste.
Still quite enjoyable.
Very, very bold for the style in my experience.
Not my favorite offering from this brewery... my least favorite in fact... but good for the style and still pretty damned tasty.
Nothing to scoff at.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 06:43:27 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a little bit of white head that disappates fairly quickly, with a tiny bit remaining around the edges of the glass.

Smells fruity, sweet. What really hit me was the taste- there was something about the aftertaste that kept teasing me, but I couldn't put me finger on it- finally it struck- bananas. I'm not the biggest banana fan in the world, but it works really well in this beer. It's almost a bananas foster smell- not too sweet or overwhelming, but rather a lovely finishing touch to it.

Mouth feel is nice, a liiiittle watery. Very drinkable. An overall tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 02:57:58 | More by scooter231
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a slightly cloudy and dull cast to this otherwise golden colored blond. Uncapping the bottle prompted a build-up and overflow of suds. The pour created a large off-white head that maintains a thin cover and leaves just about as much lace cover on the sides of the glass as well.

Aroma - banana and bubble gum style yeast dominates, very hefe-like. Fades too much after it settles, though.

Taste - banana flavors with some tasty spice. Warming alcohol and some candy sweetness taste pretty good. Not overly complex and still a nice assortment of flavors.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, zesty feeling like Zots candy.

Drinkability - tasty stuff at a tasty price.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 16:11:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of bditty187


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy-gold in hue with a suggestion of bronze; the liquid doesn’t have much color depth. Modest animation raced towards the sticky white head. At the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was very good as a half finger cap lasted for almost the entire consumption. There was tons of subsequent webby lacing… awesome! This really ends the appearance on a high note. It is eye-candy, even though the liquid is boring to look at.

The nose is like a lightly spiced Granny Smith apple. There are hints of cork. Nondescript maltiness. Silent hops. The finish is yeasty and a bit doughy. I wish I could blame the lack of nose on something like temperature or style of glass but both are proper. The bouquet is not inviting because it doesn’t say nearly enough.

The palate is surprisingly mild; it tastes like alcoholic Sprite with a twist of green apple and a yeasty finish. In other words there is some lemon-line in the mix, the malt is bland, slightly toasty but sweet… it reminds me of a Zima or something. That wasn’t a very nice thing to say, but that is what it tastes like! Besides that the palate isn’t bad. I like it but it is too simple, too straightforward, and not bitter enough. Some hops would really be nice. The alcohol is hidden, the simplicity of the palate and the overall softness of it makes me think it would be tasty with fried fish or even an omelet with smoked cheese.

Medium-light in body, moderate but lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting. Yeoman-like effort.

Sure, this beer is drinkable but equally forgettable. I know this beer will get overlooked in my mental “Belgian Beer Rolodex,” there are much better beers then this one. I probably would’ve passed on this beer but the 750ml was on sale in Parkville, MO for $3.00! Good deal. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 20:01:34 | More by bditty187
Photo of 3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden blonde beer with a good carbonisation and a nice one finger thick creamy foamy head. The head stays all during the intercourse of my drinking. Smell; kind of fruity, with some banana smells, a bit watery in smell and very yeasty, some shy smells of malt.

Taste is fruity but very carbonic unfortunately, some banana flavours, acetylic too. Not very great

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 20:36:00 | More by 3Vandoo
Photo of Ellbert


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy straw color with a nice white head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. A little musty that I usually find in beers like this.

Taste: Sweet but with a funky musty taste that was in the smell. A little to sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: This was pretty good, fairly average. Not watery but good.

Overall a decent brew. Nothing special but OK.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 00:12:25 | More by Ellbert
Photo of beertastegood


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good-looking golden color with a rocky tan head. Smells of sour grapes and cherries, slight lemon, molasses and brown sugar. Tastes like dark fruit, with a distinct lemon peel flavor towards the end. A little more hop bitterness than I expected. Finish is slightly sweet and fairly clean. Mouthfeel is not quite as good as is expected for a Belgian: a little on the thin side. Drinkability is a little above average, because this is not that complex of a beer. Not a bad Belgian, a good middle-of-the-road beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 02:23:04 | More by beertastegood
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

making my way through the la trappe variety pack (with glass).. sweet!

first time drinking this one despite my love for their trip and quad. looks great- a SUPER clear golden orange, like sierra nevada. crisp, bubbly thin head.

smells amazing. i never used the words 'fruit bouquet', but here i go: fruit bouquet! very heavy on berry and almost watermeloney.

taste can best be described as a young version of the triple. crisp and fruity, as expected, with banana subtleties. upset i never tried this before- would love to try it in a 750. drinkable, a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 21:53:53 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the stylish Koningshoeven chalice. Pours orange with an off-white head that laces well, rather effervescent. Aroma was fantastic, light fruits, floral, if a woman smelled like this I'd be all over her, very "girly", they should bottle this an sell it as perfume. Taste was very caramelly like the Koningshoeven Tripel, with a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was rather light and carbonated, but not unpleasently so. Mmmm... very nice... I could smell and drink this all night...


I really need a girlfriend...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 23:09:36 | More by tatterdash
Photo of merlin48


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from the four bottle gift pack that included a nicely embossed, gold rimmed, chalice. This "blond" pours a slightly hazed, apricot orange body with an immense, rocky, offwhite head that has excellent retention and leaves lots of sticky, patch lace.
Aroma is odd for the style, with caramel malt up front. Banana and orange lend a sugary fruity character, and there is a mild hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is medium full, with active, effervescent carbonation.
Taste begins fruity sweet, with banana and orange, followed by caramel and a mild earthy yeast note. Some floral hops add a welcome bitterness. Spices are understated, and add a background of coriander and white pepper. Finish is even, slightly bitter.
Very enjoyable to sip. I like this one better than the dubbel or tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 20:18:49 | More by merlin48
Photo of donnyw


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice, tiny-bubbled head, which is expected from the style, slow to disipate. Smells of fruit, kind of like pear, nice aroma. Tastes crisp, even taste some pear or apple, with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Very nice mouth feel and very drinkable, although drinking too much might knock you on your butt.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 04:59:22 | More by donnyw
Photo of Ave


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation; 750 cork & wire bottle. No date. Pours a lovely rosy-orange amber-yellow, with an egg shell head of tiny bubbles. The head fades quickly but never disappeared all together, clinging at the edges & showing back up with little agitation. The aroma is of sweat floral spice with a hint of alcohol. Wonderful smelling stuff, but could be a bit more pronounced.

Taste is very nice as well, if a bit understated. Gently sweet, buttery bread, & faint citrus come first, finishing with a very smooth hop / yeast bitter that is very peaceful on the pallet. Mouth feel is fantastic. A punchy bubbly bite quickly gives way to a silky smooth ribbon of malt, that then moves to the sides of the tongue with a warming hop & alcohol tingle. The drinkability of this ale is only hurt by the ABV, meaning that you may not want to drink it for hours on end, but a very enjoyable beer on every level.

No clubbing you over the head with it here, this is a very well put together beer. Not showy or flamboyant in any way, but a nicely stated example of the style. I doubt an American brewer would choose to produce a brew with such humility.


Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 23:56:32 | More by Ave
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking glass bottle with La Trappe and their emblem in the glass neck. 11.2 fl oz. Pours out a very light brown with a hint of orange. Small head that doesn't last as long as I expected. The smell is sweet with a hint of something spicy. Lots of little bubbles.

Taste is very smooth and not overpowering. Spicy in the beginning and sweet and tangy in the end. No real alcohol notes are apparent. Kind of reminds me of a weak triple. Very easy to drink just lacking a bit in flavor. I would try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 00:39:35 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar product from this brewery. Great aroma from yeast. Fruity peach and secondary citrus taste, easy drink. Good 1st or 2nd beer. A great pale. Hoppy too. Honey malt and nice malt and yeast aftertaste. Opaque orange, alcohol creeps up on you.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 01:19:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden/amber color, with light co2 and a full white head (low retention). Light aroma hop, and smells of bubblegum, malt, cider and banana. Flavor is lightly sweet -- malt and banana with a tart and lightly acrid finish. Palate is light bodied, but lively and effervescent.
IMHO: No brouhaha here. I am partial to Belgian beer, but this one is not very remarkable and poorly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:29:12 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of kmpitz2


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of a gift set, including 4 beers plus a nice goblet with the brewery logo. This beer pours a hearty golden color with a finger of head that falls to cover the beer with an eighth of an inch of foam. The nose is lemony-orange with a nice sweet malty background. The flavor is nice and sweet, with minimal carbonation to get in the way of the malt. There is a bit of an orange undertone in this as well wih a slight hint of a hop in the finish. The aftertaste is really pleasant. There is a nice sweetness that lingers and entices me to drink more. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth; a moderately thick beer that is easy drinking. Overall, I like the beer. I'm anxious to try the other 3 I have from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 19:14:38 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a small, almost white, fizzy head leaving runny spots of lacing. The beer is a hazy orange-gold. Nose is faintly fruity (almost apples) with a little caramel. The front is syrupy caramel, but not too sweet. A very malty middle turns bitter to finish; alcholic, very bready and tangy dry. It's a good Belgian blonde. Solid, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 13:48:03 | More by kbub6f
Photo of clvand0


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge, thick head that sticks around for a while. The aroma was fruity and citric with some maltiness. Extremely smooth flavor - surprising for a Trappist. I see most reviews are poor for this beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree that it doesn't totally fit the Trappist style nor is it strong enough or yeasty enough for the blonde style, but I found this surprisingly smooth and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 00:12:52 | More by clvand0
Photo of allengarvin


3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served at around 55F. Pours reddish-golden into a large goblet glass. Not much head.

Aroma: Yeasty, with some phenolic, alcoholic aroma.

Flavor: Medium body, with some esters (apple, slightly sour?) and a bit of a cardboard flavor. Not as much carbonation as I expected. Quick, somewhat acidic finish.

I suspect I got an old bottle, some of whose carbonation may have been lost after being stored upright too long. I've had the blond ale in years past, and I remember enjoying it more than this. Or perhaps the recipe has changed. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 03:44:07 | More by allengarvin
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a light golden yellow with a two finger head that dissapated to a thick white lace on top of the beer. There was constant carbonation which, to me, just added character to the look of this beer.

The smell heavy in apricots and figs with just a hint of malt sweetness hidden in the fruit.

The taste is where this beer failed. The start was nothing but carbonation. The middle was a quick kick of fruit followed by just a standard "American macro taste". I really was let down by this one.

I've had the complete set now and this was my least favorite. Past the appearance there was a lack of character that was present in the other three Koningshoven's.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 05:08:00 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Slightly opaque pale straw in color, whose liquid is bursting with effervescence, leading to 2 inches of white foam that is slow to settle, and leaves behind a nice lace.


A hopped spicyness is the predominant odor here. Almost no malts emerge, yet it is intriguing.


This one starts off sharp, but mellows by midsip to reveal an herbal/fruity bouquet on the tongue. The flavors never really come together though. While this is not a bad beer, it is not what I have come to expect from the Trappist Monks.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 18:24:47 | More by cbl2
Photo of Andreji


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is quite interesting to know this is supposed to be the only other 'trappist' around, coming from the netherlands.

Clear, translucid orange to amber pour with a lasting medium white head. Complex smells, quite fruity and malty. The taste, considerably sweet, is dominated by the malts but shows many spices as well, giving it a considerable medium-to-dense body. Medium carbonation. Slightly bitter at the end, but following the general belgian pale moderation in this sense.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 16:47:24 | More by Andreji
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.